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Errata are changes to a card's description or effect wording, usually to make the card rulings easier to understand for the players. On rare occasions, an erratum will correct other things such as ATK or Attribute.

Players are not required to own the most recent erratum of a card, but they must always be played according to the latest erratum even if using an older copy of the card. Konami recommends using the most recent printing of a card, because that text is the most accurate.[1]

Reprints of cards will usually update the card text to fit newer standards, such as Problem-Solving Card Text.

In January 2015, several Forbidden cards including "Chaos Emperor Dragon - Envoy of the End", "Crush Card Virus" and "Sinister Serpent" received errata in which their effects were completely changed, presumably in order to prevent them from being permanent fixtures on the Forbidden/Limited List.

Examples

Some examples of errata are listed below.

  • Correcting misspellings.
Original First erratum
Big Shield Guardna Big Shield Gardna
  • Including cards in archetypes they should be part of.
Original First erratum
Oscillo Hero #2 Wattkid
Original First erratum
A fiend with dark powers for confusing the enemy. Among the Fiend-Type monsters, this monster boasts considerable force. A fiend with dark powers for confusing the enemy. Among the Fiend-Type monsters, this monster boasts considerable force.

(This card is always treated as an "Archfiend" card.)
  • Excluding cards from archetypes they should not be part of.
Original First erratum
Harpie's Brother Sky Scout
  • Correcting functional errors
Original First erratum Second erratum
EARTH LIGHT EARTH
Original First erratum Second erratum
TRAP [ Trap Card ] TRAP [ Trap Card Continuous ] TRAP [ Trap Card ]
Original First erratum
[Dragon] [Dinosaur]
Original First erratum
ATK/1300
ATK/1500
Original First erratum
When this card is changed from Defense Position to Attack Position, you can place any number of cards from your hand at the bottom of your Deck in any order you desire. When this card is changed from Attack Position to Defense Position, you can place any number of cards from your hand at the bottom of your Deck in any order you desire.
  • Updating the terms, names or lores
Original First erratum
MAGIC [ Magic Card Quick-Play ] SPELL [ Spell Card Quick-Play ]
Original First erratum
Elemental Hero Burstinatrix Elemental HERO Burstinatrix
A flame manipulator who is the only woman among the Elemental Heroes. Her Burstfire burns away villainy. A flame manipulator who was the first Elemental HERO woman. Her Burstfire burns away villainy.
Original First erratum
At the time this card is selected as an attack target by your opponent's monster, the controller of this card can activate Trap Card(s) from their hand. At the time this card is selected as an attack target by an opponent's monster, you can activate Trap Card(s) from your hand.
Original First erratum
This card cannot be Normal Summoned or Set. This card cannot be Special Summoned except with its own effect or with "Rise of the Snake Deity". This card gains 500 ATK for each Reptile-Type monster in your Graveyard. This card cannot be targeted and is unaffected by the effects of other Monsters, Spells, and Traps. When this card is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard, you can remove from play 1 other Reptile-Type monster from your Graveyard to Special Summon this card. When this card inflicts Battle Damage to your opponent, place 1 Hyper-Venom Counter on it. When 3 Hyper-Venom Counters are on this card, you win the Duel. Cannot be Normal Summoned or Set. Must first be Special Summoned with "Rise of the Snake Deity" and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways except by its own effect. This card gains 500 ATK for each Reptile-Type monster in your Graveyard. This card cannot be targeted by, and is unaffected by, Spell/Trap effects and other Effect Monsters' effects. When this card is destroyed by battle and sent to the Graveyard: You can banish 1 other Reptile-Type monster from your Graveyard; Special Summon this card. When this card inflicts Battle Damage to your opponent: Place 1 Hyper-Venom Counter on it. When 3 Hyper-Venom Counters are on this card, you win the Duel.

Major mechanical changes

Recently, some cards have had major mechanical changes to their effects rather that simply having errors corrected. Usually, these are changes to cards that are already Forbidden in order to weaken the cards enough so that they no longer need to be Forbidden.

Original First erratum
Tribute 1 DARK monster with 1000 or less ATK. Check all monsters on your opponent's side of the field, your opponent's hand, and all cards they draw (until the end of your opponent's 3rd turn after this card's activation), and destroy all monsters with 1500 or more ATK. Tribute 1 DARK monster with 1000 or less ATK; your opponent takes no damage until the end of the next turn, also you look at your opponent's hand and all monsters they control, and if you do, destroy the monsters among with with 1500 or more ATK, then your opponent can destroy up to 3 monsters with 1500 or more ATK in their Deck.

Cards that have been modified this way include "Catapult Turtle", "Dark Strike Fighter", "Twin-Headed Behemoth" (to make its revival effect optional), "Chaos Emperor Dragon - Envoy of the End" (OCG-only), a handful of cards released in the two Duelist Road -Piece of Memory- sets in the OCG and in Premium Gold 2 in the TCG, "Dark Magician of Chaos", and "Sangan" (OCG-only).

References

  1. Konami: Errata

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